The visionary

Emerging company or start-up disrupting the status quo

The 2019 visionary finalists understand that customers expect businesses to deliver positive social and environmental outcomes. They’re emerging companies or start-ups (CA$0–50M) harnessing the power of technology for good to deliver medical breakthroughs and groundbreaking innovations focused on long-term sustainability.

The winner and finalists are selected by an independent panel of judges.

Canadian controlled or headquartered in Canada
Pre-revenue or have revenue of up to CA$50 million
Privately held or publicly traded

2019 Visionary winner: GHGSat Inc.

Our innovation is: "high-tech, space-based, affordable"

— Stéphane Germain, President, GHGSat Inc.

2019 Visionary finalists

Meet this year’s visionary finalists:

Judging criteria

Emerging company or start-up, CA$0–$50M in revenue, including pre-revenue

Organizations in this category must be able to demonstrate a new idea that’s adding value to people, business or society. Applications will be judged according to the following criteria:

The idea (40%)

Are you solving an important problem? Is your innovation truly unique? Is it difficult to replicate? Is it disrupting your industry or organization?

The value (25%)

Can you prove the success of your innovation? Do you have any success metrics, such as value in your market, socioeconomic impact, engagement, operational efficiencies, cost savings, revenue or customer acquisition?

The execution (25%)

How was your innovation implemented? How was it communicated to your stakeholders, employees and target audience? How complex was it in terms of regulatory issues and competition? Were there any extraordinary challenges you had to overcome?

The future (10%)

Where do you see your innovation taking your organization in the future? What are the next steps in your innovation journey?

Awards benefits

  • Get national recognition by our judges as a Canadian trailblazer—and involve your team every step of the way.
  • Elevate your brand through advertising and other promotional opportunities.

  • Join a community of like-minded visionaries across the country.
  • Network with potential enterprise partners and investors at exclusive events throughout the awards process.

  • Build your legacy as an emerging Canadian company.
  • Make a statement that you’re here to stay and move forward with confidence.


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